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Formulating Policy: Strategies and Systems of Policymaking in the 21st Century


East Baltimore
2nd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Mary Sewell

Students learn how policymakers interact with stakeholders and use evidence to help shape the laws that govern societies.

Considers theories, strategies, and participants involved in formulating health and social policies. Discusses defining health and social problems, selecting and assessing policy options, and the role of stakeholders in policy process, as well as the context in which policy decisions are made. Analyzes case studies, discusses theories, participates in service-learning projects and writing exercises.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate policy solutions to health and social problems
  2. Assess policy options to address a defined problem
  3. Identify the role of government in policy formulation
  4. Assess the feasibility of translating a good policy idea into a viable policy option
  5. Explain how policy makers and other stakeholders interact in the context of formulating policy
  6. Define the role of academic researchers in policy making
  7. Examines how policy has addressed health and social problems
  8. Write more effectively for a policy audience
  9. Apply skills and knowledge about policy formulation to advance health and social policy initiatives
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Written Assignment(s)
  • 40% Group Project(s)
  • 5% Completed SOURCE Service-Learning Modules
  • 5% Final Presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate and interdivisional students are not permitted in this section

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

audit students must obtain permission from instructor to register

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